Contrary to this blog post’s title, this rant has nothing to do with brown-nosers. Well, it could… What I’m really talking about is a classroom pet! I remember every single class I ever had with a class pet in it. Starting in kindergarten. We had a guinea pig that lived in the classroom and every weekend a different student was allowed to take the pet home to take care of. From a teacher’s standpoint – that’s the way to go! A fun pet with little to no effort, maintenance, or care. Just pawn the responsibility onto the students and soak in the accolades for being an awesome, pet-loving teacher. The only down side was that I could never take the beloved guinea pig home for the weekend. My mom is seriously allergic to all kinds of animals.
Another down side for us as English teachers is – why the hell would we have a class pet in our classroom? We’re not a science class; we don’t study animals or the environment, and I imagine it would be really hard to let a snake roam around your desktop while trying to write an essay.
But it would be really cool.
I can only come up with a short list of why English teachers would have a pet in their classroom:
- You are teaching “Animal Farm”
- To aid ESL students with describing and writing
- To teach that English is a broader topic than just grammar and writing
- To become the coolest, most talked about teacher in your school
I’m interested to see if anyone else can come up with a few solid reasons for incorporating a class pet into an English classroom. Happy thinking!